Tagged: Ten Canoes

One Eyed Girl

Hot on the heels of Austin Film Festival’s early line-up announcement which includes the World Premiere of  “One Eyed Girl”, The Backlot Films is proud to announce its plans to release the South Australian psychological thriller in Australian cinemas during the first quarter of 2015.

Starring Tilda Cobham-Hervey (52 Tuesdays) and Mark Leonard Winter (Healing, Van Demons Land), with a gripping screenplay by Matthews and Craig Behenna, One Eyed Girl follows the story of a psychiatrist (Winter) haunted by the death of a former patient, who stumbles upon a Doomsday cult and battles to save a teenage girl (Cobham-Harvey) from its clutches.

Co-founder and director of The Backlot Films, Tony Ianiro says, “Upon our first meeting with David Ngo many months ago, we encountered the same level of passion that he had for his craft which Mark (D’Angelo) and I have for Backlot. There was clearly a positive chemistry from the get go.

“David Ngo’s Projector Films, The Backlot Films and industry publicity and marketing specialists Jameson PR will combine to execute a fresh and unique campaign in the lead up to the theatrical release of ‘One Eyed Girl’ in 2015.

“In many respects, this is a unique project for us as it marks not only our involvement as distributor, but also as the first feature film in which The Backlot Studios, Melbourne was utilised to conduct the final audio mix, using our in house audio team at Backlot Post (Mark D’Angelo & Craig Jannson) in collaboration with one of the best audio re-record mixers in the world, Phil Heywood (The Lego Movie, The Great Gatsby, The Lord Of The Rings trilogy).

“The film itself is charismatic, honest and rich in production values, whilst the subject matter depicted in ‘One Eyed Girl’ – ‘a cult and its laws of attraction’ will remain with viewers long after they have witnessed it.

Our next phase is to introduce the film to our exhibition partners. We will create a long lead campaign and endeavour to get exhibition and media genuinely excited about One Eyed Girl in the lead up to its release.

“We are fortunate to have access to the filmmakers and key cast for in cinema Q&As across the country, pre-release – a strong indication that veryone attached to this project is committed…..it’s now time to make it happen!”

Produced by David Ngo and Co-Written by Craig Behenna, as part of the SA Film Corporation’s Filmlab program, this film creates a confronting indictment of an ethically lost and alienated society where the blind indeed seem to lead the blind.

Ngo says, “We are so excited to have our film open at the prestigious Austin Film Festival. To know your film will screen in front of people like Tommy Lee Jones, James Franco, Matthew Weiner and Lawrence Kasdan is a huge honour and also, quite frankly, scary as hell.

“We can’t wait to then follow this up with the release in Australia with Backlot. As a filmmaker there’s nothing quite like watching people lining up and buying popcorn to see your movie.

“There’s no doubt the cast will go on to do many big things. Hollywood’s already knocking on young Tilda’s door and I think people will be blown away by Mark’s performance. He really reminds me of a young Daniel Day Lewis.”

The “One Eyed Girl” creative team was selected by a panel of assessors including Margaret Pomeranz (At The Movies), and producer Bridget Ikin (My Year Without Sex, Look Both Ways) to develop the film through the SAFC’s FilmLab program where they were mentored by acclaimed filmmaker Rolf de Heer (Charlie’s Country, Ten Canoes, Bad Boy Bubby).

After two years of writing, casting began in 2012 and used a combination of traditional avenues and social media to discover some of its younger cast members. Having already cast Mark Leonard Winter in the lead male role of Travis, the ‘Search for Grace’ and ‘Search for Marcus’ online campaigns attracted over 600 applicants from all over the world and finally chose Matthew Crook to play Marcus and for the title role, then seventeen year old Tilda Cobham-Hervey, who has been described by Variety magazine as one of five up-and-coming actresses to watch. The film also stars Steve Le Marquand (Rake, Vertical Limit).

Filming began in December 2012 on an isolated farm in the hills of Adelaide. This hugely ambitious film was also the first feature for many of the heads of department – Production Designer Anny Duff, Cinematographer Jody Muston and Make-Up Artist Rebecca Buratto.

“One Eyed Girl” will open in Australian cinemas in early 2015, distributed by The Backlot Films.

TIFF

Entertainment One Australia is proud to have three Australian films screening at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Rolf de Heer’s deeply affecting portrait of contemporary Aboriginal Australia CHARLIE’S COUNTRY, Kriv Stender’s darkly comedic thriller KILL ME THREE TIMES – which will also have its World Premiere at the festival – and Tony Ayres’ crime drama CUT SNAKE.

All three films will screen in TIFF’s Contemporary World Cinema section, which showcases films with compelling stories from global perspectives.

An Official Selection and awarded Best Actor in the Un Certain Regard section at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival this year, CHARLIE’S COUNTRY pairs renowned director Rolf de Heer with screen legend David Gulpilil for their third film collaboration following the multi-award winning Ten Canoes and their first feature The Tracker.

CHARLIE’S COUNTRY tells the story of blackfella Charlie (Gulpilil), who is getting older and is out of sorts. Frustrated with the failures of the government intervention and the ‘whitefella’ laws enforced in his remote community, Charlie takes off to live the old way. But in doing so he sets off a chain of events in his life that has him return to his community chastened, and somewhat the wiser.

In KILL ME THREE TIMES, Simon Pegg plays the mercurial assassin, Charlie Wolfe, who discovers he isn’t the only person trying to kill the siren of a sun drenched surfing town. Charlie quickly finds himself at the centre of three tales of murder, mayhem, blackmail and revenge. KILL ME THREE TIMES was produced by Western Australian producer Tania Chambers, Laurence Malkin and Share Stallings (Death at a Funeral, A Few Best Men).

Shot in stunning locations throughout Western Australia, KILL ME THREE TIMES stars Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End), Sullivan Stapleton (300: Rise of an Empire, Animal Kingdom, Strike Back), Alice Braga (I Am Legend, Elysium, City of God), Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies, Wish You Were Here), Callan Mulvey (Zero Dark Thirty, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Turning, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Luke Hemsworth (The Reckoning) and Bryan Brown (F/X, Cocktail).

CUT SNAKE is a powerful crime drama set in mid-70s suburban Australia from Matchbox Pictures’ Tony Ayres (The Home Song Stories). The story centres around Sparra Farrell (Alex Russell, Carrie), a young man trying to escape his past and make a life for himself in a new city. He finds honest work and becomes engaged to the beautiful Paula (Jessica De Gouw, These Final Hours). But when the charismatic and dangerous Pommie (Sullivan Stapleton) tracks him down, Sparra finds himself drawn back into a world that he had tried to leave behind.

Of CHARLIE’S COUNTRY, KILL ME THREE TIMES and CUT SNAKE screening at TIFF, Troy Lum, Managing Director of Entertainment One Australia, says, “We are very proud to have three incredible Australian films screening at Toronto. It’s a credit to the calibre of filmmaking talent we have in this country, these films come from some of our best. They all deserve to be seen on the world stage and it’s immensely satisfying and exciting for everyone involved”.

In addition to CHARLIE’S COUNTRY, KILL ME THREE TIMES and CUT SNAKE, Entertainment One Australia has a host of international films that will screen at TIFF this year including: MY OLD LADY; THE GOOD LIE; MAPS TO THE STARS; and BLACK AND WHITE. MY OLD LADY, THE GOOD LIE and BLACK AND WHITE will all have their World Premieres at the festival.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4-14, 2014.

CHARLIE’S COUNTRY is currently screening in cinemas across Australia. KILL ME THREE TIMES and CUT SNAKE will be released in early 2015.

Southern Light Alliance

Southern Light Alliance is the new production venture from acclaimed producer Timothy White (TWO HANDS, THE BOYS ARE BACK) of Southern Light Films and former film publicity and marketing specialist Anna Vincent.

The partnership was formed earlier this year and aims to develop Australian projects and international co-productions. SLA is based at the Adelaide Studios, South Australia, where Vincent resides. White will continue producing though his own company, Southern Light Films, which is based in Sydney and currently post-producing SON OF A GUN starring Ewan McGregor.

The first coup for SLA is their successful bid for the rights to the novel, MICE by British author Gordon Reece, partnering with Julie Ryan (RED DOG, TEN CANOES) of Cyan Films. Reece’s debut thriller has received worldwide acclaim and has been published in 17 countries and released in 12 languages.

“Tim White and I have worked together on several projects and saw a real benefit with setting up a production arm in South Australia,” said Vincent.  “When Julie Ryan brought MICE to our attention we saw a great story with international appeal and were excited to outbid a European company to secure the rights.”

Author Gordon Reece said, “I’m thrilled MICE is in the hands of such a talented group of people – they’ve been behind some brilliant Australian movies and I’m sure they’re going to do an amazing job!”

As well as the UNTITLED PROJECT, based on the novel MICE, Southern Light Alliance are developing other projects.  Tim White brings the Irish co-production PURSUIT to the partnership, and Anna Vincent brings Jane Austen adaptation EM which she has developed with Sydney-based writer/producer Matthew Dabner.

FOR MORE INFO VISIT: southernlightalliance.com and cyanfilms.com